Australia's top 100 young entrepreneurs 2018
21 December 2018, Written by Camilla Jansen, David Simmons, Matt Ogg, Ben Hall, Paris Faint, Yasmin Bonnell
These young business men and women are our future business leaders fuelling the nations vibrant business culture, making our local economies tick and inspiring us with their drive and innovation.
From those working in new technologies like artificial intelligence and data, to those inspiring a generation online as influencers and others making a killing in online retail, every entrepreneur on this list has that something special that sets them apart from the rest.
Entrepreneurs are never content, always pushing forward, and breaking new ground in industries ripe for disruption.
This year we've seen the old guard in a number of key sectors fail to keep up. In retail, giants of the shopping world have floundered and Australian entrepreneurs have kept up, building businesses that have shone through and changed the environment for good.
The banking and finance sector too, previously seen as irreplaceable, has been rocked by scandals uncovered during the Banking and Finance Royal Commission. Entrepreneurs in the Top 100 have been building companies in the background of this turmoil that are set to take over from the slow-moving, and seemingly untrustworthy giants by employing the best in technological advancements and tapping into a new generation of consumers who expect more.
Marketing and advertising has changed rapidly too with influencers and those savvy about data reigning supreme. It's a social media influencer's world right now; we're just living in it.
It goes without saying that entrepreneurs doing social good are seeing tremendous returns on investment and using this income to build businesses having a net positive impact on Australia. This is keenly reflected by a number of our Top Entrepreneurs who understand that the public reacts positively to generous displays of giving back.
The first ever Business News Australia Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs list is a comprehensive dive into the colourful and creative business community that we are so lucky to have in this country.
Whilst starting a business is certainly not an easy task, it takes guts, determination, and some serious grit to build empires; something many of these Young Entrepreneurs have achieved.
So, without further ado, we present the Top 100 Australian Young Entrepreneurs.
1. Mike Cannon Brookes (39) & Scott Farquhar (39)